Change is coming to state government A major initiative to reorganize Iowa’s state government for the first time in almost 25 years was approved January 20 by the Senate’s State Government Committee. The State of Iowa must be smarter about spending your money. The changes in Senate Study Bill 3030 will provide more accountability for taxpayer dollars and will eliminate wasteful spending by combining agencies and delivering services to Iowans more efficiently. According to nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau and other sources, these reforms will save significant dollars immediately and much more in the long term. Savings totaling more than $80 million have already been enacted through an executive order by Governor Culver and an additional $57.4 million in savings will come from an early retirement initiative for state employees. We’re hoping to find more than $200 million in savings this session. The legislation is expected to be debated by the full Senate later this month. To review the state government reorganization bill, go to http://tiny.cc/ReOrg.
Committee approves Early Retirement Incentive As part of our efforts to reduce costs in state government, the Senate approved an early retirement incentive package for state employees. Under Senate File 2062, eligible state employee must apply for early retirement by April 15 and leave state employment no later than May 28, 2010. They would receive cash and health care incentives, paid out over five years. In addition, the legislation will ensure that those who participate in the early retirement program are prohibited from taking another job in state government. This will put an end to “retirees” using a “revolving door” to re-enter state employment after receiving incentives to retire. The state would save money by increasing the number of retirements and filling only critical positions. Review the legislation at http://tiny.cc/SF2062.
Senator Tom Rielly, represents Iowa, Poweshiek, and Keokuk counties, and portions of Mahaska and Tama counties. For newsletters, photos and further information, go to www.senate.iowa.gov/rielly. To contact Senator Rielly during the week, call the Senate Switchboard at 515-281-3371. On weekends he can be reached at home at 641-673-0359. E-mail him at email@example.com.